Past Productions

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Repertoire

1998 Season
Long Island Dreamer
Cast: Barbara Buddin
Stage Director: Michael Sokoloff

Red Tide

The Music Cure
Cast: Melissa Malde, Darryl Taylor

1998-99 Season
Amahl and the Night Visitors
Stage Director: David Aiken

The Prodigal Son
Cast: Eric Cutler

Tosca
Cast: Rachel Joselson, Gerald Dolter
Stage Director: Mark Clark
Designers: Paul Sannerud, Peggy Sannerud

1999-2000 Season
Madama Butterfly
Cast: Nicholas Loren, Stephen Swanson, Annalisa Winberg
Stage Director: Carl Ratner

Too Many Sopranos (World Premiere)
Cast: Kyle Ketelsen, Melissa Malde, Caroline Worra, Twyla J. Robinson, Robin Blitch Wiper, Mark Mowry, Brian Banion, Christopher Burchett, Kerrin Dunbar, Chris Faith
Stage Director: Vince Liotta

2000-01 Season
Rigoletto
Cast: John Daniecki, Edwin Anderek, Katherine Eberle, Gerald Dolter, John Muriello, David Katz, David Judisch, Mark Elliott, Helen Todd, Karen Brunssen, Jenny Macfarlane, Michael Shelledy, Heidi Vanderford
Stage Director: William Ferrara
Set Designer: Keith Achepohl

Die Fledermaus
Cast: Jon Kolbet, Kelly Cae Hogan, Karla Goettel, Robert Swensen, Kathryn Chambers, Austin Kness, Tim Patton, Barbara Buddin, Marie Von Behren, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Maria Gimenez, Steven Mark Weiss
Stage Director: Vince Liotta

2001-02
La Boheme
Cast: Michael Corvino, Manuel Acosta, Kyle Ketelsen, Edward Albert, David Judisch, Oleksandra Hrabova, Quiliano Anderson, Caroline Worra, David Playfair, Michael Stokes
Stage Director: Carl Ratner

The Bartered Bride
Cast: Rachel Joselson, Stuart Howe, Eileen Farrell, Michael Shelledy, Peter Van De Graaff, Jon Kolbet, Scott Hughes, Carol Dusdieker, Jeremy Norman, Kristie Tigges, Edward Corpus
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

2002-03
Hansel and Gretel
Cast: Tihana Herceg, Linda Larson, Karen Brunssen, Thomas Woodman, Susan Bender, Kelly Margaret Holst
Stage Director: William Swain

Otello
Cast: Gerald Dolter, Lawrence Johnson, Patryk Wroblewski, John Hagen, Allan Glassman, Michele Capalbo, Lisa White, Norman Garrett, Won Cho
Stage Director: Bodo Igesz

2003-04
La Traviata
Cast: Cheryl Evans, Janara Kellerman, David Swain, Gerald Dolter, David Judisch, Greg Warren, Raul Melo, Laura Aguero, David Wahrmund, Andrew Krikawa, Michael Needham, Rodolfo Nieto
Stage Director: Bodo Igesz

Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

Marriage of Figaro
Cast: Richard Byrne, Marcie Ley, Arianna Zukerman, Matthew Lau, Jennifer Tiller, Barbara Buddin, Gerald Dolter, Brett Noorigian Colby, Meredith Taylor, John Muriello
Stage Director: Carl Ratner
Designer: Rob Sunderman

Pirates of Penzance, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

2004-05
Falstaff
Cast: Jan Opalach, Robert Orth, Carol Dusdeiker, Meredith Taylor
Stage Director: Noel Koran
Designer: Scott Olinger

Why Dinosaurs Don’t Smoke, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

Carmen
Cast: Drew Slatton, Malcolm MacKenzie, Daniel Smith, Austin Kness, Katharine Goeldner, Kristin Johnston, Lisa White, Joel Burcham, Jared Rogers, Dan Weinstein, Andrzej Stec
Stage Director: Ed Bourgeois
Designer: Tim Walsh

The Mikado, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

2005-06
Madama Butterfly
Cast: Dinyar Vania, Janara Kellerman, Marco Nistico, Olga Chernisheva, Rodolfo Nieto, Adam Webb, Gerald Dolter, Quiliano Anderson, Will Barker, Elisabeth Bieber
Stage Director: Richard Barrett
Designers: Scott Olinger, Peggy Sannerud

Goldilocks, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter

Susannah
Cast: Cynthia Clayton, Jon Garrison, Hector Vasquez, Brett Noorigian Colby, Michael Krzankowski, Jared Rogers, David Wahrmund, Alex Lawrence, Barbara Buddin, Emily Joy Lee, Elisabeth Bieber, Elizabeth Duhr
Stage Director: Gregory Keller
Designers: Scott Olinger, Peggy Sannerud

HMS Pinafore, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: John Muriello

2006-07
Barber of Seville
Cast: Javier Abreu, Malcolm MacKenzie, Katharine Goeldner, Doug Nagel, Khary Laurent, Austin Kness, Margaret Gawrysiak, William Bennett
Stage Director: James Marvel
Designers: Scott Olinger, Peggy Sannerud

Jack and the Beanstalk, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Jonathan Thull

The Elixir of Love
Cast: Caroline Worra, David Gagnon, Christopher Burchett, Jason Budd, Meredith Taylor, Rex VanDorpe
Stage Director: Bill Fabris
Designers: Scott Olinger, Peggy Sannerud

Into the Woods, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Don Westwood

2007-08
The Magic Flute
Cast: Lorraine Ernest, Jared Rogers, Carol Dusdieker, John Muriello, Kelly Holst, John Hines, Carmund White, Linden Christ, Jennifer Macfarlane Haworth, Elisabeth Bieber, Stephen Swanson, David Wahrmund, Andrew Whitfield, Girindra Selleck, Harry Manaligod, Michael Rowland, Jonathon Struve, Andrew Wannigman, Robby Kemp, Adam Bielamowicz, Stephen Fish, Stephanie Westrom
Stage Director: David Grabarkewitz
Designers: Scott Olinger, Barry Steele

The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Jonathan Thull

Aida
Cast: Hope Briggs, Allan Glassman, Janara Kellerman, Scott Bearden, Carl Franklin DuPont, Jr., Cody Medina, Amy Marie Stewart, Ian Smith, Andrew Stenson
Stage Director: Bill Fabris
Designers: Scott Olinger, Peggy Sannerud

The Gondoliers, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Paul Houghtaling

2008-09
Madama Butterfly
Cast: John Matz, Dennis Petersen, Rebecca Ringle, Levi Hernandez, Indira Mahajan, Christopher O’Rear, Chaz Williams-Ali, John Hines, Andrew Stenson, Will Greif, Elisabeth Bieber, Judy Mitschelen, Jill Van Dorpe
Stage Director: Vincent Liotta
Designer: Scott Olinger
Statewide broadcast, Iowa Public Television.

Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Jonathan Thull

Cosi fan tutte
Cast: Elizabeth Stoner, Evelyn Rossow, Elisabeth Bieber, Ben Hilgert, Jonathan Stinson, Rodolfo Nieto
Stage Director: Paul Houghtaling
Designer: Scott Olinger

2009-2010
Salome
Cast: Katharine Goeldner, Amy Johnson, Jeffrey Dowd, Mark Schnaible, Jeff Brich,
Stephen Fish, Ben Gulley, Kelly Hill, Jacob Lasseter, Cody Medina, John Muriello, Jared Rogers, Marc Schapman, Andrew Stenson, Jonathan Stinson, Elizabeth Stoner. Also Brian Anderson, Bob Untiedt, Mark Cook, Tim Egesdal, Jonathan Hudspeth, Stephanie Michalicek, Ian Smith, Meredith Taylor, Dominique Wooten.
Stage Director: Gregory Keller
Designer: Scott Olinger
Statewide broadcast, Iowa Public Television.

Little Red’s Most Unusual Day, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Joseph Nassif

Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Midwest Premier)
Cast: Tim Arnold, T.J. Besler, Leslie Charipar, Meredith Taylor DuBon, Megan Turner Ginsberg, Ellen Hart, Jeff Jablonski, Kate Knutson, Janelle Lauer, Emily Nelson, Zach Parker, Jane Pini, Steve Rezabek, Traci Rezabek, Alex Schulte, Scott Schulte, Nina Swanson, Amy Willett, Dominique Wooten
Stage Director: Robert Lindsey-Nassif

2010-2011
Curtains Up!
Katharine Goeldner and Kyle Ketelsen in recital with Shari Rhoads, piano.
Live statewide broadcast, Iowa Public Radio.

Tosca
Cast: Caroline Worra, Todd Thomas, Stephen Mark Brown
Stage Director: Bill Fabris
Designer: Scott Olinger
Live statewide broadcast, Iowa Public Radio.

Herman the Horse, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Meredith Taylor

Candide, Young Artist Production
Stage Director: Gerald Dolter
Designer: Tim Walsh

2011-2012
Love, Loss & Hope
Amy Johnson, Soprano accompanied by Shari Rhoads

The Merry Widow by Lehar
Cast: Laura Pedersen, Alicia Berneche, Austin Kness, John Muriello, John Humphrey
Stage Director: Marciem Bazell
Designer: Scott Olinger

Herman the Horse by John Davies
Stage Director: Meredith Taylor DuBon

The Art of Chocolate
with Lynn Rosetto Kasper
Bon Appetit – Cast: Karen Brunsson
Face on the Barroom Floor – Cast: Channing Connell, Brian J. Kuhl, Andrew Wannigman

Frankenboy, a Monsteropera
, Young Artist Production
Commissioned by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, World Premiere
Cast: Meredith Taylor DuBon, Jessica Mallow, Michael Penick, Brian J. Kuhl
Composer, Stage Director & Designer: Robert Lindsey-Nassif

2012-2013
Taste of Opera Season Kickoff
Channing Connell, Soprano and Jared Rogers, Tenor

La Boheme by Puccini
Paramount Theatre/Cedar Rapids
Cast: Erica Strauss, Meredith Hansen, Eric Barry, Philip Torre, Frederick Jackson, Eric Downs, John Muriello.
Stage Director: Stanley M. Garner
Designer: Rob Sunderman

Frankenboy, a Monsteropera by Nassif
Stage Director: Robert Lindsey-Nassif

2013-2014
Opera is a Drag Season Kickoff
John Muriello, Baritone with Dennis Green and Scott Schulte

Carmen by Bizet
Paramount Theatre/Cedar Rapids
Cast: Janara Kellerman, Alok Kumar, Melissa Schippen, Meagan Brus, Elisabeth Bieber, Andrew Wannigman, Jeremy Galyon, Chad Sonka, Eric Ferring
Stage Director: William Ferrara
Designer: Rob Sunderman

Billy Goats Gruff by John Davies
Stage Director: Meredith Taylor DuBon

The Mikado, Young Artist Production
Brucemore on the Lawn
Stage Director: Brian Luedloff

2014-2015

Taste of Opera Season Kickoff
Christopher Burchett, Lee Poulis, Jessica Pray accompanied by Daniel Kleinknecht
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Don Giovanni by Mozart
Paramount Theatre/Cedar Rapids
Cast: Danielle Talamantes, Veronica Mitina, Jessica Pray, Christopher Burchett, Lee Poulis, Jonathan Blalock, Rubin Casas, Samuel Wright.
Stage Director: William Ferrara
Designer: Rob Sunderman

Billy Goats Gruff by John Davies
Stage Director: Meredith Taylor DuBon

Man of La Mancha, Young Artist Production
Brucemore on the Lawn
Stage Director: Bill Fabris

2015-2016
Taste of Opera Season Kickoff
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

La Traviata by Verdi
The Paramount Theatre
Cast:  Danielle Talamantes, Jason Slayden, Stephen Gaertner, Matthew Lau, Loralee Songer, Chris Carr, John Muriello
Stage Director:  James Marvel

Pinocchio by Jon Davies
Cedar Rapids Public School District Education Outreach
Cedar Rapids Public Library, Whipple Auditorium
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

South Pacific by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Young Artist Production
Brucemore Mansion's Peggy Boyle Whitworth Amphitheatre
Stage Director:  Bill Fabris


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